BlackBerry platform remains the percentage market share leader in the U.S., accounting for 37 percent of mobile website visits in the second quarter, up 20 percent over Q1

Posted on August 24, 2010

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Mobile web browsing across Google’s fast-growing Android smartphone operating system increased 400 percent among U.S. consumers between the first quarter and second quarter of 2010, according to new data published by mobile analytics and payment firm Bango. By comparison, web browsing on Apple devices grew 13 percent during the same period, representing a market share decline of 16 percentage points to 26 percent. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry platform remains the percentage market share leader in the U.S., accounting for 37 percent of mobile website visits in the second quarter, up 20 percent over Q1.

The Android platform now represents 17.2 percent of the global smartphone market, overtaking Apple’s iOS as the world’s third most popular smartphone OS and edging past BlackBerry to emerge as the top-selling OS in the U.S., according to data published earlier this month by research firm Gartner. Worldwide sales of Android-powered devices topped 10.6 million in the second quarter of 2010, up from just 756,000 a year ago, at which time Android made up only 1.8 percent of the global smartphone market.

In early August, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said sales of Android smartphones now total about 200,000 each day. “People are finally beginning to figure out how successful Android is,” Schmidt said, noting that Android device sales totaled about 100,000 per day just two months earlier. He added that the leap in Android activations corresponds with increasing revenues resulting from mobile search: “Trust me that revenue is large enough to pay for all of Android’s activities and a whole bunch more,” Schmidt said.

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